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Grendels childhood can be looked upon as being a small part in a lone monsters life or an experience which everyone on the face of the Earth sometime or another encounters As a young lad Grendel feels as if he is alone and by himself He also feels that the only person he has to turn to is his mother or parent even then there is a good amount of animosity If anything Grendel can be looked upon as showing the same emotional characteristics as a human child minus the fur and the beastly appearance Even though Grendel is the son of a troll-wife and is castigated as being hideous by the other creatures he encounters under his ghastly appearance he is no more than an average child experiencing the same problems as anyone else his age At one point in the story Grendel confesses that he used to play games when he was young it might as well be a thousand years ago p 15 He says this to lead into the story about how he found the pool of fire snakes and the door leading to the outside world By this the reader knows that as a child Grendel had an adventurous sprit The truth of the matter is that as a child everyone has a courageous will I know that I as a child always was pondering what was behind every corner I could not allow myself to handle any amount of curiosity We as children live to learn more and for Grendel the same can be said When Grendel gets to the point in the story during which he first discusses his journeys out of his cave he states that he lived those years as did all young things in a spell p 16 What the reader gets from this is that was a time in his life that he vaguely remembers as being almost a dream He remembers it as
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